Keep Custom Thumbnails a YouTube’s monetization feature after demonetization with this hack

January 21st, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

Did YouTube’s email make me angry or confused? I can’t decide. Both emotions fused into one. If you are a small creator with low subscription and watch time you may receive the same letter from YouTube. What was your first reaction? Here’s a small quote from my email.

” Under the new eligibility requirements announced today, your YouTube channel, Focus Positives, is no longer eligible for monetization because it doesn’t meet the new threshold of 4,000 hours of watchtime within the past 12 months and 1,000 subscribers. As a result, your channel will lose access to all monetization tools and features associated with the YouTube Partner Program on February 20, 2018unless you surpass this threshold in the next 30 days. Accordingly, this email serves as 30 days notice that your YouTube Partner Program terms are terminated.”

It will be nearly impossible for me to reach the threshold by next month and the odds of loosing all the monetization tools and features are great. I know a lot of small creators like me who received the email from YouTube are upset and have many worries. One that stood out for me was the possibility of loosing the custom thumbnails feature. A custom attractive thumbnails is absolutely essential in building audiences. We definitely don’t want to loose that. We will know by the deadline. I don’t want to lament on YouTube’s disrespect for small creator and just get straight to a solution that will help and ease small creator’s worries. Here’s my video tutorial to stop YouTube from taking the custom thumbnail feature away from you.

My Video Experiment Update

I think I have outdone myself! After I uploading my video ALL THREE default thumbnails are showing my customized thumbnails. Rest assure you can definitely keep your customized thumbnails if YouTube takes it away on 2.20.2018! You won’t need to upload a single custom thumbnail again. Show some love and encouragement. Support small creators in reaching YouTube’s new threshold of 1,000 subscribers and 4,000hrs of watch time! A subscription or simply watching some videos is much appreciated.

This screenshot is from my YouTube Dashboard.

Youtube Custom Thumbnail Hack in Dashboard View

This screenshot is from my iPhone.

The default thumbnail is slightly blurry compared with the other customized thumbnail. It may have something to do with the quality of the video. My earlier default thumbnails were very clear. I will have to experiment more on the export settings and update you. If we do end up loosing the customized thumbnail feature all default thumbnails would be the same resolution. I’d choose a blurry customized thumbnail over no customization any time.

Youtube Cutom Thumbnail Hack on iPhone

Updates From Me & YouTube (1/21/2018)

Make sure to check the YouTube Help Forum for important updates on What you need to know about the YouTube Partner Program (YPP) Changes and on YouTube Partner Program overview supports page. It answered a lot of my questions and it will be updated by YouTube. I just found this information after I created this post and video.

The answer to my question about loosing the custom thumbnails feature is:

My Conclusion About This Post

The good outweighed the bad. This was not a total lost cause.

The Good

  • I created a great solution to a nonexistent problem. (Hey it might help someone.)
  • People can have a custom thumbnail without uploading one. (Yay!)
  • My first time to
    • upload two videos within two days.
    • create a video with related posts content & graphics in one day. (I am dead tired.)
    • share opinions on a forum and other YouTube Channels.
    • I am proactively working to save my channel.
  • I didn’t ask for a “Sub4Sub”. (Read the the forum and you’ll know why)
  • I clarified my goals for my YouTube channel. (I have been procrastinating for years)

The Bad

  • This post topic may not be as useful for small creators as I originally intended. (Oh well, live and learn)

Next Step

I am going to follow YouTube’s suggestion below to keep growing my channel. Good luck everyone!

How am I ever going to make it to 1k subs?

“There’s a creator academy lesson about growing and keeping your subs and how to use cards and end screens to drive subscriptions. We’ve also introduced new mobile features to help people find channels to subscribe to including a subscribe button in search results and recommended channels (available on both Android and iOS). These have helped drive more subs site wide!”

What if I don’t meet the program threshold?

If you don’t meet the threshold yet, keep working to make original content and build your audience. Here are some resources that can help you grow your channel:

Henna Preparation: Save Time & Money, 1 box of henna 4-9 Application

January 20th, 2018 § 0 comments § permalink

This post contains affiliate links. Please see my disclaimer for more information.

My Love and Hate for Henna

For those of you who henna your hair regularly know it’s a pain to prepare henna and you can’t just color your hair on a whim because you have to prepare it and wait for the color to release. It takes hours of preparation, coloring is messy and doing dishes afterwards is not fun. But henna is the only thing that can color my whites. It makes my hair shinny and soft. It also doesn’t have any chemical smell or chemicals in it at all. 100% natural. What else can I ask for? MAKE THE PROCESS FASTER!!! I don’t like it sitting in my hair the whole day and it dripping all over me, the floor and coloring everything it touches! I have better things to do…maybe 😛

For all Lazy Henna Geniuses

I’ve shrunk the henna preparation process to once for multiple applications. It’s been working really well for me. This way of preparing henna ensures you have proper color release to effectively color your hair.  Once henna is prepared properly you can color your whites in an hour otherwise it could take up 4hrs to overnight to get color to stick to your hair.

I have used henna for over 10 years experimenting with other henna color combinations but have gravitated towards simply using 100% henna on my hair. It’s easier and simplifies the henna process. This method will stretched every box of organic henna you buy and save money and time in the long run. I have prepared a video below to show you my perfected approach in preparing henna once and splitting & storing color released henna for multiple uses at any time you wish. This approach is especially great for small rushed and last minute touch ups or full head coverage.

The Reason Why I Love Light Mountain’s Red Henna

I’ve been using Light Mountain’s 4oz Henna in Red consistently for the past few years and loving it.

  • It’s a non-toxic way to color hair
  • It’s organic
  • It’s 100% henna, nothing added.
  • It’s available at my local health food store.

Light Mountain's Red Henna

Henna Preparation – Henna Hair Roots in Half Time (Save Time & Money)

https://youtu.be/UCmv_4jiwcU

color released henna on a napkin

Henna color release is complete when you see an orange stain on the napkin.

What are your tips to preparing henna? Comment below. Enjoy!

Access Fresh Coconut Juice with just a Straw

May 18th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

I wanted to share a small bit of happiness with you that made my day. I learned a super helpful tip from my mom. If you love coconut juice you will love this method, it requires very little effort. Bonus tip at the end. A little violent but very easy to open the coconut to access the coconut meat.  Hope you will find the tips useful.

Your happiness, to your family, is a blessing

February 5th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

Being Asian, parent’s expectations are like big rocks crushing and squeezing you of your last breath. My parents, especially my mom, make me feel like I am never good enough. There’s always something I did wrong or I should have done better. She nearly drives me crazy.

“Your happiness, to your family, is a blessing”, I didn’t realize that all the nagging and dissatisfaction from parents was just a simple wish of happiness for me. All this hassling was only a wish for me to become a decent human, to do what’s right and to step on the smoothest path so I don’t get hurt. Being free of worries and sorrows is all they wanted for me. What a great perspective to take. Almost all arguments would melted away with this thought.

This reminder is like proper permission from parents to enjoy life. This permission is a relief from all the weight lifted off my shoulders.

~ Inspiration from
Sorry I don’t remember which drama I got this from. If I find it again. I will update.
Translated by: FocusPositives.com

Easy Braids Inspired by Chinese Dramas

February 3rd, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

In this easy braids hairstyle tutorial I will show you how to braid a pair of cute braids inspired by Chinese dramas. Braiding hair this way creates two braids that are both traditional and trendy at the same time. These braids could be styled in retro, modern, or cosplay hairstyles. There’s endless possibilities. I had fun with this hair challenge. I hope you will have fun experimenting! These braids are perfect for Chinese New Year!